Friday, February 28, 2014

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

from our friends at Sundazed

The Byrds - Live At Royal Albert Hall 1971 (2-LP Set) 

From their earliest days as 12-string-wielding folk-rockers, to the thrilling psychedelic excursions of their raga-rock period to their 1968 birthing of country-rock, the Byrds were always accorded a hero’s welcome in England.What better place to record founding Byrds member/guitarist/singer Roger McGuinn’s new version of the band—featuring fretboard ace Clarence White, bassist Skip Battin and drummer Gene Parsons—than London’s Royal Albert Hall!

Rescued from a tape that had sat forgotten in McGuinn’s climatized garage for decades, this stellar 1971 set, featuring live versions of the current band’s studio faves (“Lover of the Bayou,” “Chestnut Mare”) as well as adventurous reworkings of Byrds classics (“Mr. Tambourine Man,” “My Back Pages,” “Eight Miles High,”“So You Want to Be a Rock‘n’Roll Star”) might be the most accurate and stirring live performance yet of the legendary Los Angeles combo. By 1971, the guitar interplay of McGuinn andWhite had become a jaw-dropping highlight of their live performances,as had their stripped down, acoustic mini-set and peerless four-part vocal harmonies.

1. Lover of the Bayou 
2.You Ain’t Going Nowhere 
3. Truck Stop Girl 
4. My Back Pages 
5. Baby, What You Want Me to Do 
6. Jamaica, Say You Will 
7. Black Mountain Rag / Soldier’s Joy 
8. Mr. Tambourine Man 
9. Pretty Boy Floyd 
10. Take a Whiff (On Me) 
11. Chestnut Mare 
12. Jesus Is Just Alright 
13. Eight Miles High 
14. So You Want to Be a Rock ‘n’ Roll Star 
15. Mr. Spaceman 
16. I Trust 
17. Nashville West 
18. Roll Over Beethoven 
19. Amazing Grace

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Blue Cheer - Outsideinside LP

Blue Cheer’s second album, Outsideinside, fully matches its predecessor’s primal power. The last Blue Cheer release to feature the beloved lineup of Stephens, Peterson and Whaley, Outsideinside is a bracing orgy of volume, distortion and aggression, with such highlights as “Just a Little Bit,” “Come and Get It,” the instrumental “Magnolia Caboose Babyfinger” and the band’s distinctive take on the Rolling Stones’ “Satisfaction.” Like its predecessor, Outsideinside has been out of print on vinyl for decades and has long been prized by collectors. Sundazed’s vinyl edition is sourced from the original Philips reels, complete with the unique original cover design.

Blue Cheer looms large in the annals of hard rock, laying down the sonic foundations of heavy metal, and serving as a crucial influence on the birth of punk, grunge and stoner rock. While the rest of the rock world was mellowing out and embracing the spirit of the Summer of Love, the seminal San Francisco power trio was churning out ballsy blues-rock anthems whose fuzz-heavy, adrenaline-charged intensity helped to alter the course of contemporary music.

1. Feathers from Your Tree 
2. Sun Cycle 
3. Just a Little Bit 
4. Gypsy Ball 
5. Come and Get It 
6. (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction 
7. The Hunter 
8. Magnolia Caboose Babyfinger 
9. Babylon 

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The Music Machine - Ignition LP

In the teeming, churning world of ‘60s garage punk, the Music Machine stood out from the pack. With their all-black clothing, menacing minor key melodies and main man Sean Bonniwell’s gritty lyrics, they created a musical world that was the dark underbelly of the Summer of Love. While they are best known for their top twenty hit, “Talk Talk,” during their time together they recorded multiple sessions packed with squealing Farfisas, fuzzed out guitars and Bonniwell’s omnipotent baritone vocals. Collecting this wealth of material has been a daunting task for fans in the past, but Sundazed has risen to the challenge with Ignition. This collection of incredible rarities mines material from across the band’s career, from their pre-“Talk, Talk” 1965 demos as the Ragamuffins to their final experimental 1969 recordings. Compiled by Bob Irwin and Sean Bonniwell, these 14 tracks (19 on the compact disc) offer an intriguing look at group’s rich catalog.

The Ragamuffins’ demos capture the band at a point of transition, evolving from folk rock to their later, more aggressive style. “Two Much,” for example, finds them following a typical pop template underscored with an unmistakable sense of foreboding. Another Ragamuffins track, “Push Don’t Pull,” is a strident, blues-based number propelled by a martial drumbeat. Jumping ahead to “Dark White,” a terrific 1969 outtake, the foreboding moves front and center, enveloping the listener as the track slowly builds to a climax. Also included is rare single “Advise and Consent,” a showcase for Bonniwell’s soulful singing.

The perfect compliment to the band’s released ouput, Ignition adds an essential chapter to the Music Machine story. Detailed notes by Bonniwell and Music Machine expert Mike Stax (of Ugly Things magazine fame) guide you through each selection with enlightening insight. Mastered from the original analog session tapes by Bob Irwin and Sean Bonniwell with painstaking precision, these tracks fire faster than brand-new spark plugs. Let the countdown to Ignition begin! - See more at:

 1. Everything Is Everything
 2. Two Much*
 3. Advise And Consent
 4. Black Snow
 5. Chances*
 6. Mother Nature, Father Earth
 7. Talk Me Down*
 8. Dark White
 9. Push Don't Pull*
 10. Unca Tinka Ty*
 11. Citizen Fear*
 12. Worry (vocal)*
 13. Tell Me What Ya Got*
 14. 902*
       * previously unissued 

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new vinyl releases from our friends at MusicOnVinyl


On It's a Shame About Ray (1992), songwriter Evan Dando and Juliana Hatfield perfected their signature style of Punk-Pop-meets-Folk-Rock. The album is a beautiful collection of sunny melodies and hooks, delivered with typical nonchalance by Dando. A smorgasbord of immediately accessible and thoroughly catchy songs, his laid-back observations of middle-class outcasts are little gems in their own right.

Highlights are the heartbroken title track, "Confetti", "Bit Part In Your Life," the love letter to substances "My Drug Buddy," or the wonderful "Alison's Starting to Happen," where a girl finds herself as she discovers Punk Rock. His warm, friendly voice is offset by Juliana Hatfield's girlish harmonies, giving the songs an emotional resonance.  180 gram audiophile vinyl and Insert


Featuring the all-time classic hits "I Thank You" and "Wrap It Up", the 1968 Sam & Dave record I Thank You explores the more funky side of Soul, being red hot and hip at the moment of release.

The dynamic duo recorded for Atlantic in Memphis, Tennessee at the famed Stax recording studio along with revered house band Booker T and the MG's. They were augmented by the producing and songwriting skills of Isaac Hayes and David Porter, turning the singers into a hit making machine.

This is the first reissue of this classic R&B album since its original release in 1968!  180 gram audiophile vinyl


After releasing their eponymous debut album, Love broadened their scope into psychedelia on their sophomore 1967 effort Da Capo.

The six songs that comprise the first side of this album are a truly classic body of work, highlighted by the atomic blast of their only hit single "Seven & Seven Is", the manic jazz tempos of "Stephanie Knows Who," and the enchanting "She Comes in Colors", perhaps Lee's best composition (and reportedly the inspiration for the Rolling Stones' "She's a Rainbow"). Closing the album is a 19-minute jam called "Revelation" that takes up the entire B-side of Da Capo. 180 gram audiophile vinyl


Released in 1988, Tougher Than Leather was the culmination of the Rap/Rock road that Run-DMC travelled in since their earlier albums King Of Rock [MOVLP675] and Raising Hell [MOVLP633]. Its superb production, booming 808 beats combined with guitar samples, catchy choruses and smart rhymes made Tougher Than Leather undoubtedly the best Hip Hop record that came out in 1988.

Great tracks include "Mary, Mary", "Run's House" and "I'm Not Going Out Like That". Its equal appeal to Hip Hop as well as Rock fans made the album a million seller, and underlined Run-DMC's stature as living Hip Hop legends all over the world.  180 gram audiophile vinyl


Milestones is Miles Davis' only original sextet recording featuring John Coltrane, Paul Chambers, Cannonball Adderley, Philly Joe Jones and Red Garland. This 1958 masterpiece captured Davis' first modal jazz experiments in pieces like "Straight, No Chaser" and the title track. Both the song and the album proved to be actual milestones in Jazz, as the modalism Davis introduced on this record continued to influence Jazz on a global scale.  180 gram audiophile vinyl Stereo version




Hear the Worldwide Premiere of ‘One Road Hill’ Now at 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE New York, NY (February 27, 2014) - Renowned guitarist, songwriter, and co-founder of seminal rock act The Black Crowes – Rich Robinson has released the track list and cover art for his forthcoming solo studio album titled The Ceaseless Sight.

Robinson, who already has two solo studio albums to his credit, the first, "Paper," came in 2004 while his follow-up, "Through a Crooked Sun," arrived in 2011, is thrilled to see his latest piece of work scheduled for release on June 3rd via The End Records.

“I've always approached writing songs for an album as part of a larger work,” says Robinson. “This album as a whole is one piece and how it fits into my whole body of work is the other. My new record follows the path of my musical journey I've been on for 25 years. I feel a strong connection to where I've been musically, but more importantly where I'm going."

The first single off The Ceaseless Sight, an album that represents the full maturation of Robinson as a songwriter, a vocalist, and a solo artist, ‘One Road Hill’ which will be released on April 8th can now be heard HERE

The official tracklist is as follows:

1) I Know You
2) Down The Road
3) One Road Hill
4) The Giving Key
5) This Unfortunate Show
6) In Comes The Night
7) Inside
8) I Have a Feeling
9) I Remember
10) In You
11) Trial and Faith
12) Obscure The Day

RICH ROBINSON - The Ceaseless Sight 2LP/Poster Bundle

- Brand new studio album
- Exclusive Screen printed poster
- The Acoustic/Instrumental EP 'The Dirigible Utopia'  in a silkscreen printed CD sleeve.
- All LP orders will come the the full album  CD insert with the Vinyl

Pre-order The Ceaseless Sight available exclusively through The Omega Order HERE


Natural Avenue: Remastered And Expanded Edition by John Lodge Available From Cherry Red

Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the release of  a newly remastered edition of "Natural Avenue”, the 1977 solo album by the MOODY BLUES’ bass player, vocalist and writer JOHN LODGE. John’s contribution to the Moody Blues as a key member and songwriter is well known, and in 1977, whilst the band was on a hiatus, he recorded this solo album. Featuring contributions from guest musicians such as Kenney Jones, Chris Spedding, Mel Collins and Mick Weaver, the album was produced by Moody Blues’ producer Tony Clarke and was a UK Top 40 hit.

"Natural Avenue” has been remastered from the original master tapes and includes two bonus tracks, ‘Street Café’ and ‘Threw it All Away’, originally released as a single in 1980. The reissue also features a lavish booklet that fully restores the original album artwork.




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We Shot The Moon’s ‘Love On’ Available On Yellow Vinyl

We Shot The Moon's 4th studio album "Love On." This is the first work of WSTM to ever be on vinyl!

WSTM is Jonathan Jones and friends (formerly Waking Ashland). For fans of: Ben Folds, Something Corporate, and Sherwood.

Vinyl Details: 
-First pressing 
-150 gram vinyl 
-Insert with lyrics included 
-Full color jacket

Pressing Details: 
-250 copies on black 
-100 copies on translucent gold 
-5 test presses 
-Manufactured by United Record Pressing

Get it HERE


from our friends at SlyVinyl

My Morning Jacket – Chocolate and Ice // Purple and Blue Splatter on Clear, Limited to 1000

Busman’s Holiday – A Long Goodbye // Limited to 500 Coke Bottle Green & Bone w/Deep Purple, Electric Blue & Royal Blue Splatter Vinyl LP


Vinyl Destination: UK record shop launches campaign to open travelling record bus


Deep Purple: Deluxe Edition Of Seminal Live Album 'Made In Japan' Due In May On Vinyl


'The Omen' Gets Newly Mastered Vinyl Release Via Mondo!


LCD Soundsystem announce vinyl box set of final show at Madison Square Garden


The Field’s From Here We Go Sublime to get first proper vinyl issue for Record Store Day


Subpop reveal Record Store Day releases: Mudhoney, Pissed Jeans + more


Screamfeeder's Back Catalogue To Be Reissued On Vinyl


Legendary jazz label Blue Note to reissue over 100 classic albums on vinyl


vinyl doing well in the land down under:

 Vinyl back in stylus, but music downloads outsell hard copies


Movie Review: Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton delivers - Hip-hop doc celebrates Stones Throw Records


Unheard Led Zeppelin Alternative Mixes Headed To Auction


album cover art of the day:

Winter Of Sin Unveils "Violence Reigns Supreme" Album Details

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Ask Mr. Music by Jerry Osborne


DEAR JERRY: About 20 years ago, my aunt played a song for me that had some old-time words of wisdom sayings, but with a slight twist. I do remember that the singer is a woman.

In the one example I recall, they took "a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush" and made it "two in the bush is better than one in the hand."

It was brilliant, and unlike any song I've ever heard. 

Who sings this and what other sayings do they use? 
- Ellen Fields, Kodiak, Alaska

DEAR ELLEN:  Perhaps you remember that phrase because it is the only one heard three times in the song, plus the title really is "Two in the Bush Is Better Than One in the Hand."

By Saffire (the Uppity Blues Women) - Gaye Adegbalola, Andra Faye McIntosh, and Ann Rabson — this is the lead track on their 1991 LP, "Hot Flash" (Alligator AL-4796).

Here are Saffire's versions of some of their ancestor's adages:

I placed all my eggs in one basket so many times before
They've been scrambled, boiled, and fried
Even dropped upon the floor
I found out in the long run, it's a poor hole that's got one rat
Life's a hard road to hoe
I'm a harder nut to crack
You ask me for commitment but you don't understand
That two in the bush is better than one in the hand

Gonna have my cake, I'm gonna eat it too
That's the way the cookie crumbles
Don't bite the hand that feeds you
Put your money where your mouth is
Don't let my cat get your tongue
Don't look a gift horse in the mouth
Don't count your chicks before they come
You ask me for commitment but you don't understand
That two in the bush is better than one in the hand

Well, I jumped out of the fire and into the frying pan
Gotta strike while the iron is hot with any bright-eyed, bushy-tail man
If you can't lick 'em, join 'em
Can't fix what is not broken
I advise you to get outta the kitchen now
Now there's fire where there was smoke
Don't put your big foot in your mouth
Don't start what you can't finish
I need a horse of another color
And the sea is full of fishes
If you can't fit don't force it
In my back don't stick a knife
Lay it right on the tip of my tongue
Variety's the spice of life
You ask me for commitment but you don't understand
That two in the bush is better than one in the hand

DEAR JERRY: Every year around Valentine's Day a song flashes through my mind that I have never been able to identify. Unfortunately, no one I have ever asked recalls it.

People always ask if I mean "My Funny Valentine," which of course is not the one I want.

The best clue I have is that it is by a male group, and they begin with their bass man, then switch midway through to the tenors. Similar to "Green Eyes" by the Ravens, it's even from around the same time. 
- Arnie Copeland, Mentor, Ohio

DEAR ARNIE: Unless you associated this group with the similarly named snack food, I would not have expected you to remember them.

The tune tugging at your head, and perhaps your heart, is "Paper Valentine," by the Crackerjacks (Kapp 106).

That "Green Eyes" clue was the clincher, and those two have even more in common than you realized.

"Paper Valentine" came out in the summer of 1954, long after Valentine's Day. "Green Eyes" (Jubilee 5203) was issued in the summer of 1955.

The booming bass voice of the Crackerjacks belongs to Thurl Ravenscroft. Hitting the low notes for the Ravens is Jimmy Ricks.

Each basso profondo is prominently featured in the first minute or so before giving way to the other singers, though Ricks is credited by Jubilee whereas Kapp fails to mention Ravenscroft.

As good as both of these tunes are, neither appeared on any of the national charts.

Oh yes, there is one more particular peculiarity that can't be overlooked: the first six letters of Ravenscroft spell Ravens.

IZ ZAT SO? That Thurl Ravenscroft was not credited on "Paper Valentine" is, unfortunately, the rule rather than the exception.

It's not too far-fetched to say that nearly everyone has heard Thurl's voice somewhere, sometime, without knowing his name.

For over 50 years, Ravenscroft was the mysterious voice of Tony the Tiger in TV commercials for Kellog's Frosted Flakes. No doubt Thurl earned more for saying just two words, "They're Grrrrrreat," than for any of his other jobs.

He is heard but not credited on countless hit records by other artists, and in dozens of films, especially ones for the Disney organization.

Among those are a few familiar titles:

Alice in Wonderland
Bedknobs and Broomsticks
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Cat in the Hat
Halloween Is Grinch Night
How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
Lady and the Tramp
Lilo and Stitch
Man from Button Willow
Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Mary Poppins
One Hundred and One Dalmatians
Paul Bunyan
Peter Pan
Rose Marie
Sleeping Beauty
Snoopy, Come Home
Sword in the Stone

Unlikely as it seems, if you've never been exposed to any of the above, but have been to one of the Disney theme parks, you have certainly heard Thurl. His voice is used on many of their most popular attractions.

Jerry Osborne answers as many questions as possible through this column.  Write Jerry at: Box 255, Port Townsend, WA 98368  E-mail:   Visit his Web site:

All values quoted in this column are for near-mint condition. 

Copyright 2014 Osborne Enterprises - Reprinted By Exclusive Permission 

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

from our friends at SoundStageDirect

Rockin' Legends Pay Tribute To Jack White by Various Artists

The musical ancestors of Jack White and his retro rockabilly blues style come together on this incredible tribute to the man who made rock n’ roll dangerous again - now on vinyl!

Featuring performances by artists Mr. White has liberally borrowed from - true legends of rockabilly, early rock, and classic punk including the queen herself Wanda Jackson, Big Jay McNeely, Sonny Burgess, Gary U.S. Bonds, Knox (The Vibrators), Walture Lure (The Heartbreakers), Bobby Vee and more!

1. In The Cold, Cold Night – Wanda Jackson feat. Shooter Jennings
2. I’m Shakin’ – Big Jay McNeely & Nik Turner
3. Salute Your Solution – Gary U.S. Bonds
4. Steady As She Goes – Sonny Burgess & The Legendary Pacers
5. Trash Tongue Talker – Joe Clay & Cranston Clements
6. Another Way To Die – Robert Gordon & Chris Spedding
7. Seven Nation Army – Knox, Walter Lure & W.S. “Fluke” Holland
8. Fly Farm Blues – Johnny Powers
9. We’re Going To Be Friends – Bobby Vee
10. Blunderbuss – Rosie Flores
11. Fell In Love With A Girl – The Dirt Daubers
12. You Don’t Know What Love Is (You Just Do As You’re Told) – Rejected Youth Nation feat. Cyril Neville
13. Top Yourself – The Denver Broncos UK
14. Icky Thump – Los Straightjackets 

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Kiko by Los Lobos 

Only a few years removed from breaking through with their cover of Ritchie Valens’ “La Bamba,” Los Lobos turned even more heads with Kiko, a beautifully textured and flawlessly executed musical statement that reveals the group taking on ambitious musical challenges and surmounting every one. In pairing with producer Mitchell Froom, the band yielded this critically acclaimed 1992 set that remains the apex of its distinguished career.

Mastered from original master tapes, Mobile Fidelity’s 180 gram LP version of Kiko presents the record in previously unimaginable fidelity. In particular, Froom’s exquisite production can now be experienced in full relief, with the vintage tape-loop keyboards and spare arrangements yielding an ethereal feel, otherworldly ambience, and colorful finish that complement the ace playing. The subtleties of the richly detailed backdrops—splashed with distortion, feedback, random sound effects, sonorous horns, ominous chants, delicately plucked harps—are greatly enhanced, turning the multifaceted Kiko into the aural equivalent of a sensational IMAX presentation.

The material, too, ravishes the senses. In Rolling Stone’s original review of Kiko, David Okamoto remarks “the music sounds more created than contrived, thanks to the compassionate touch of the group's main songwriters, singer-guitarist David Hidalgo and drummer Louis Pérez.” Indeed, the Los Angeles ensemble tackles tough-minded social issues such as alcoholism, suicide, abuse, homelessness, death, and rape without coming across as preachy or melodramatic. The record’s power relates to that possessed by the most timeless albums—the emotional and metaphysical capacities to transcend problems, overcome adversity, and deliver catharsis.

Spanning rollicking blues and dreamy pop balladry to snarling rock and traditional Mexican-inspired waltzes, Kiko seemingly knows no bounds. Lullabies such as “Saint Behind the Glass” claim mellifluous elegance while the cabaret-laced jazz of work like “Kiko and the Lavender Moon” glows with a dark majesty, thanks to both the skilled performance and Froom’s illuminating production. Los Lobos seldom, if ever, drifted so far outside of the roots-rock box as they do on Kiko. And yet, the collective’s binding connection to folklore remains in tact. Native American, Hispanic, and Catholic elements surface in the lyrics and arrangements, the characteristics expressing a multicultural reach that parallels the songs’ multidimensional construction.

And still, it remains impossible to ignore the use of the studio as the record’s secret-weapon instrument. Imaginative tricks such as noise gates, filters, and psychedelic devices help establish a surrealism that never lets up. Neither does Kiko

1. Dream In Blue
2. Wake Up Dolores
3. Angels with Dirty Faces
4. That Train Don't Stop Here
5. Kiko and the Lavender Moon
6. Saint Behind The Glass
7. Reva's House
8. When the Circus Comes
9. Arizona Skies
10. Short Side of Nothing
11. Two Janes
12. Wicked Rain
13. Whiskey Trail
14. Just a Man
15. Peace
16. Rio de Tenampa

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This Week's Bestselling Vinyl Records at SoundStageDirect

1. Rob Zombie - War Zone
2. Ryan Adams - Love Is Hell
3. Beck - Morning Phase
4. Los Lobos - Kiko
5. MFSL Original Master Record Sleeves (50)
6. Grand Funk Railroad - Live - The 1971 Tour
7. Puscifer - 8 Ball Bail Bonds
8. Dean Martin - This Time I'm Swingin'
9. Atmosphere - Seven's Travels (10 Year Anniversary Edition) (On Sale)
10. Crosses - Crosses (White Vinyl)


Brad Mehldau and Mark Guiliana's "Mehliana: Taming the Dragon" Electric Duo Debut Out Now

Mehliana: Taming the Dragon, the debut album from the electric duo of Brad Mehldau and Mark Guiliana, is out now on Nonesuch Records. Mehldau and Guiliana have been performing for several years, with Mehldau playing Fender Rhodes and synthesizers and Guiliana on drums and effects, as they are on the record. Mehliana comprises 12 original tunes—six written by the duo and six written by Mehldau—and was engineered and mixed by Greg Koller (Jon Brion, Kanye West). The vinyl edition of the album, due March 18, includes two 140-gram LPs pressed at Pallas MFG in Diepholz, Germany, and a CD of the album.

Following earlier posts of videos from a 2013 Mehliana performance at Largo in Los Angeles, a video from the session of the album track "Sleeping Giant" premiered on Citizenjazz yesterday. You can watch the video below via YouTube and at Tune in to BBC Radio 2's Jamie Cullum show at 7 PM GMT to hear an interview with Brad Mehldau as part of Cullum's celebratory 200th episode.

To pick up the album, head to iTunes or the Nonesuch Store, where CD orders and vinyl pre-orders include an instant download of the complete album at checkout. The album is also available to purchase there as MP3s and FLAC lossless files. The audiophile 44.1khz/24bit edition is available at HDtracks.

Available from NoneSuch


from MetalBladeRecords

The Black Dahlia Murder Reissue 'Deflorate' On Yellow Vinyl

Deflorate is the first album to feature new guitarist Ryan Knight, who replaced John Kempainen. Trevor has stated in an interview that the album has more of a "classic feel" and that the drums have more of a "live sound," Trevor has also touched on the lyrical subjects of some songs, such as "I Will Return" being about cryogenic freezing.  The cover art was painted by Tony Koehl

Order at MetalBladeRecords


i know, this is a vinyl record blog (and this is a CD release), but as a kid, i listened to the hell out of this album

A Scratch In The Sky: Deluxe Expanded Mono Edition - The Cryan' Shames 

The Cryan’ Shames’ second album, 1967's 'A Scratch In The Sky,' is an unsung gem of that heady musical era. The set’s distinctive mix of youthful garage-rock energy, sophisticated psychedelic-pop songcraft and forward-thinking studio experimentation reflects the spirit of the times and captures the sound of an ambitious band of young perfectionists (already regional stars in their hometown of Chicago) making a quantum creative leap into exciting new territory.

On 'A Scratch In The Sky,' The Cryan’ Shames trade in the familiar rock ’n’ roll and soul covers that dominated their first album for a set of haunting, emotionally resonant, and experimental original compositions (plus a transcendent reading of the Carole King/Gerry Goffin-penned Drifters classic ‘Up on the Roof’) that are bolstered by adventurous soundscapes.

In addition to the album—presented in its original MONO mix for the first time on CD—two non-LP singles and five single versions are included, and all are sourced from the ORIGINAL MASTER TAPES.

The deluxe, full-colour booklet also includes rare photos and extensive liner notes by music historian Scott Schinder that feature the participation of original band members. Mastered by ALAN BROWNSTEIN from the ORIGINAL MASTER TAPES!

Reissue Produced by STEVE STANLEY.


This CD is released 28th April and will not be shipped prior to this date.

Pre-Order HERE


as mentioned before, a great feature over at mighty john marshall's website is Record of the Day


from our friends at SlyVinyl

Betrayers – Let The Good Times Die // Limited to 300 Green Vinyl LP

Sharon Van Etten – Are We There // Limited Clear Vinyl


David Bowie's 'Reality' Heads to Vinyl


Oasis to Reissue First Three Albums, Beginning with Definitely Maybe -Reissues will include rare recordings and previously unheard tracks.


Mudhoney and Divine Fits Announce 'Live at Third Man Records' LPs


Green Day reveal tracklisting for upcoming demo album “Demolicious”


super article out of the uk, worth the read:

Scratch, crackle and pop records as vinyl sales soar


cool article from north of our border:

Underground Toronto music label nears its 100th release


local story out of the great state of oregon

The Barn Light brings back vinyl with Analog Sunday


 Amazon's Top Ten Best Selling Vinyl

1. Morning Phase ~ Beck
2. St Vincent ~ St. Vincent
3. Your Arsenal (180 Gram Vinyl) ~ Morrissey
4. After the Disco ~ Broken Bells
5. Oxymoron ~ Schoolboy Q
6. Atlas ~ Real Estate
7. Violator (180 Gram Vinyl) ~ Depeche Mode
8. Acoustic at the Ryman ~ Band of Horses
9. Voices ~ Phantogram
10. Music For The Masses (180 Gram Vinyl) ~ Depeche Mode

Amazon's Top Ten Best Selling Music

1. Morning Phase ~ Beck (CD)
2. Frozen ~ Demi Lovato (CD)
3. St. Vincent ~ St. Vincent
4. Morning Phase ~ Beck (vinyl)
5. Riser ~ Dierks Bentley
6. Helios ~ The Fray
7. The Outsiders ~ Eric Church
8. Pure Heroine ~ Lorde
9. Formula Vol. 2 ~ Romeo Santos
10. Frozen ~ Various Artists


GRIMEY'S BEST SELLERS 2/17 - 2/23, 2014

Vinyl Top 25:
1. St Paul & The Broken Bones - Half The City
2. Natural Child - Dancin' With Wolves
3. Phantogram - Voices
4. Jonathan Wilson - Fanfare
5. Death - North St 7"
6. Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes
7. Angel Olsen - Burn Your Fire For No Witness
8. Broken Bells - After The Disco
9. Jason Isbell - Southeastern
10. Peter Buck - I Am Back To Blow Your Mind Once Again
11. Noah Gundersen - Ledges
12. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings - Give The People What They Want
13. Guided By Voices - Motivational Jumpsuit
14. Jimbo Mathus & The Tri-State Coalition - Dark Night Of The Soul
15. Tinariwen - Emmaar
16. Bill Callahan - Dream River
17. St Paul & The Broken Bones - Live & In Person
18. T Hardy Morris - Audition Tapes
19. Com Truise - Wave 1
20. Modest Mouse - Good News For People Who Love Bad News
21. The Head & The Heart - Let's Be Still
22. Alt-J - An Awesome Wave
23. The Civil Wars - Barton Hollow
24. Tame Impala - Innerspeaker
25. The Velvet Underground - The Velvet Underground & Nico


album cover art of the day:

RAGE To Release 'The Soundchaser Archives' In May

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

New Music Releases - February 25, 2014

Allman Brothers Band - Icon 2
Barzin - To Live Alone In That Long Summer (vinyl)
Beck - Morning Phase (2xLP)
Black Map - Driver
Bleeding Rainbow - Interrupt (vinyl)
Bob Mould - Workbook (reissue) (vinyl)
Brandt Brauer Frick - DJ-Kicks
Brian Culbertson - Another Long Night Out
ceo - Wonderland (vinyl)
Christina Vantzou - No. 2 (vinyl)
Chuck Berry - Berry Is On Top (vinyl)
Chuck Ragan - Non Typical (7")
Cloud Becomes Your Hand - Rocks or Cakes
Creative Adult - Psychic Mess (vinyl)
Cremator - Clear and Turbulence (vinyl)
Crematory - Antiserum
D. Charles Speer and the Helix - Doubled Exposure
Damaged Bug - Hubba Bubba
Davidge - Slo Light
Death Vessel - Island Intervals (vinyl)
Diana Ross - Ross
Dierks Bentley - Riser
Dinosaur Pile-Up - Nature Nuture
Doomsquad - Kalaboogie
Drekka - Ekki Gera Fikniefnum
DVA - Nipomo (vinyl)
Eddie Rabbitt - Icon
Finch - What It Is To Burn - X (DVD/CD)
Flagland - Love Hard (vinyl)
Gacha - The Watchmen Saw the Light (12")
Garnier - AF 0490 (12")
Gnaw Their Tongues and Alkerdeel - Dyodyo Asema
Go West - Live
Grateful Dead - Birth of the Dead Volume Two - the Live Sides (2xLP)
Greg Ashley - Another Generation of Slaves (vinyl)
Grizfolk - From the Spark
Hamell On Trial - The Happiest Man In the World (vinyl)
Heart - Fanatic Live From Caesar's Colosseum (deluxe edition)
Hirax - Immortal Legacy
Hopeless Youth - Disgust
InDirections - Clockworks
Isaac Hayes - For the Sake of Love
Joe Lewis Walker - Hornet's Nest
John The Conqueror - The Good Life (vinyl)
Johnny Cash - Icon 2
Johnny Winter - True to the Blues: The Johnny Winter Story (box set)
Kansas - Kansas (reissue) (vinyl)
Kansas - Masque (reissue) (vinyl)
Karen Kilgariff - Live at the Bootleg (vinyl)
Keel Her - Keel Her (vinyl)
Klaus Johann Grobe - Traumhaft (7")
Lace Curtain - The 3rd EP (12")
Lethal Dosage - Consume
Leyland Kirby - Breaks My Heart Each Time (12")
Lo-Fang - Blue Film
Loreena McKennitt - The Journey So Far The Best Of Loreena McKennitt
Los Lobos - Kiko (vinyl)
Lynyrd Skynyrd - One More From The Road (reissue) (vinyl)
Martin Creed - Mind Trap (vinyl)
Megedeth - Icon
Menace Beach - Lowtalker EP (12")
Mike Gordon - Overstep (vinyl)
Milagres - Violent Light
MORRI$ - Debut
Morrissey - Your Arsenal (vinyl)
Mozes and the Firstborn - Mozes and the Firstborn
Natural Child - Dancin' With Wolves
Nenah Cherry - Blank Project (vinyl)
New Electric Ride - Balloon Age (vinyl)
New Madrid - Sunswimmer (vinyl)
Orange Juice - Rip It Up (reissue) (vinyl)
Orange Juice - Texas Fever (reissue) (vinyl)
Orange Juice - The Orange Juice (reissue) (vinyl)
Orange Juice - You Can't Hide Your Love Forever (reissue) (vinyl)
Patten - ESTOILE NAIANT (vinyl)
Patti LaBelle - Released
Peter Gabriel - Scratch My Back And I'll Scratch Yours (limited edition) (vinyl)
Pillar Point - Pillar Point (vinyl)
Poemss - Poemss (2xLP)
Presidents of the United States of America - Kudos to You! (vinyl)
Priscilla Ahn - This Is Where We Are
Qui - Life, Water, Living...
Ratt - Out of the Cellar
Reed Turchi - When You're Lost It's All A Sign (7")
Robert Ellis - The Lights from the Chemical Plant (vinyl)
Rod Stewart - The Rod Stewart Album
Run River North - Run River North (vinyl)
Runaway Dorothy - The Wait
Ryan Adams - Love Is Hell (vinyl)
Scattered Bodies - Talking Songs
ScHoolboy Q - Oxymoron
She Sir - Go Guitars (vinyl)
Silversun Pickups - The Singles Collection
Simon Pyke - Universal Everything and You (vinyl)
Skaters - Manhattan (vinyl)
St. Vincent - St. Vincent (vinyl)
Stromae - Racine Caree
Superchunk - Indoor Living (Reissue) (vinyl)
Tacocat - NVM
Temples - Sun Structures (vinyl)
Thalia Zedek - Six
The Colourist - The Colourist (vinyl)
The Family Crest - Beneath the Brine (vinyl)
The Fray - Helios
The Gloaming - The Gloaming
The Kindred - Life In Lucidity
The Mongloids/Broken Teeth - Split
The Notwist - Close to the Glass (2xLP)
The Souljazz Orchestra - Inner Fire (vinyl)
The Wounded Kings - Consolamentum
Total Slacker - Slip Away (vinyl)
Twin Forks - Twin Forks
Various Artists - 10 Years Of Crosstown Rebels
Various Artists - 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration (deluxe edition)
Various Artists - Making Patterns Rhyme: A Tribute to Duran Duran
Various Artists - Muscle Shoals
Various Artists - Soul Jazz Records presents: Studio One Rocksteady (vinyl)
Vertical Scratchers - Daughter of Everything
We Were Promised Jetpacks - E Rey - Live in Philadelphia
Wild Beasts - Present Tense (vinyl)
With Increase - Death Is Inevitable
Withered Hand - New Gods
Wordysoulspeak - Let the Rhythm Hit (vinyl)
Yellow Ostrich - Cosmos

Monday, February 24, 2014

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

2014 Record Store Day Releases Update

Wax Poetic, the Record Store Day release source, have updated the master list of releases for 2014. 

I won't post the list here, as the man says, he spends a lot of time and energy to compile the list, give credit where credit is do and a hearty thank you from vinyl lovers everywhere!



from our friends at Sundazed

Nilsson - Aerial Ballet 

This title is now available for pre-order and will ship to you by the street date of March 18, 2014

Aerial Ballet solidified Nilsson’s craft as a singer-songwriter par excellence. His pen is decidedly sharper in songs like “Together,” “One” and “Don’t Leave Me,” which deal with the insecurities and fatalities of romance. Suicide is explored in “I Said Goodbye to Me,” and the subjects of fame (“Mr. Richland’s Favorite Song”) and fatherhood (“Daddy’s Song”) get their drubbing in scat-filled soft-shoe style. This Sundazed edition presents the 1968 mono mix of this treasured work—scarce then, and virtually impossible to locate in the decades since—from the original master reels, with restored artwork. Also included is “Daddy’s Song,” a tune quickly deleted from the original pressings that features a noticeably different vocal arrangement in its monaural form, and the original first-issue single mix of “Everybody’s Talkin’,” among other highlights. A unique version seen only briefly when issued and virtually untouchable in the intervening years, Aerial Ballet in mono, pressed at R.T.I., is now available on 180 gram vinyl.

Daddy’s Song
Good Old Desk
Don’t Leave Me
Mr. Richland’s Favorite Song
Little Cowboy
Everybody’s Talkin
I Said Goodbye to Me
Little Cowboy
Mr. Tinker
The Wailing of the Willow

Pre-Order at Sundazed

Nilsson - Pandemonium Shadow Show 

This title is now available for pre-order and will ship to you by the street date of March 18, 2014

Nilsson’s first true album, 1967’s Pandemonium Shadow Show, is an astonishing collection that announces the artist’s unique vaudevillian take on 1960s pop music—a style that brought him to the attention of the Beatles by way of their press agent Derek Taylor. Produced by Rick Jarrard (Jefferson Airplane, José Feliciano) and primarily arranged by George Tipton, the set strikes a balance between Harry’s breathtaking originals (the autobiographical “1941,” the melancholy “Without Her” and the playful “Ten Little Indians”) and a tasteful array of covers (the Beatles’ “You Can’t Do That” and “She’s Leaving Home,” as well as Phil Spector’s gargantuan “River Deep‑Mountain High”), all the while showcasing the vocal prowess of the True One. Plus, the usual benefits of a vintage mono mix are here—a louder rhythm section, more present bass, and an overall sense of ensemble that stereo of the era could rarely capture. A stunning work, pressed at R.T.I., now available from Sundazed in a 180 gram edition with restored artwork.

Ten Little Indians
Cuddly Toy
She Sang Humns Out Of Tune
You Can't Do That
Sleep Late, My Lady Friend
She's Leaving Home
There Will Never Be
Without Her
It's Been So Long
River Deep-Mountain High

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The Left Banke - Walk Away Renee/Pretty Ballerina LP

Long-awaited reissue of 1967 debut by baroque rock legends!

The work of the Left Banke has long been an elusive holy grail for vintage pop fanatics. The legendary “baroque rock” combo’s work ranks with the greatest American music of the 1960s, and remains beloved by discerning pop connoisseurs around the world. Out of print for decades and despite its longstanding unavailability, the Left Banke’s music has attained an ever-increasing level of prestige over the years, and continues to exercise a powerful mystique amongst the group’s legion of admirers. The Left Banke’s 1967 debut album Walk Away Renée/Pretty Ballerina is widely regarded as one of the greatest debut albums of the ’60s, thanks to frontman Steve Martin’s evocative lead vocals, the haunting harmonies of band members Tom Finn and George Cameron, the ambitious songwriting of keyboardist Michael Brown, and exquisite, classically-influenced arrangements that were unlike anything else in popular music at the time. “Walk Away Renée,” released the previous year as the band’s first single, remains one of the era’s most recognizable (and most-covered) standards. In addition to “Walk Away Renée” and its followup hit “Pretty Ballerina,” the album also features such memorable numbers as “She May Call You Up Tonight,” “Barterers and Their Wives” and “Shadows Breaking Over My Head.” The long-awaited reissue of this classic debut on CD and 180 gram vinyl LP has been sourced from the original stereo master tapes and includes the album’s original track listing.

Pretty Ballerina
She May Call You Up Tonight 
Barterers And Their Wives 
I've Got Something On My Mind
Let Go Of You Girl
Evening Gown 
Walk Away Renee 
What Do You Know
Shadows Breaking Over My Head
I Haven't Got the Nerve 
Lazy Day

Order at Sundazed


from our friends at OmnivoreRecordings:

Bob Mould - Workbook 25

Available Tomorrow!

25th Anniversary 2-CD/2-LP editions!

Alt-rock superstars Hüsker Dü called it a day on January 28, 1988, but the band’s Bob Mould would reappear on May 2, 1989 with his first solo album—the incredibly impassioned and personal Workbook.

In addition to writing and producing the entire album, Mould sang all the vocals and played many of the instruments, sharing duties with The Golden Palominos’ Anton Fier on drums, Pere Ubu’s Tony Maimone (bass) and cellist Jane Scarpantoni from Tiny Lights. While always recognized as an astonishing guitarist, Mould’s fretwork on Workbook traveled to levels yet unheard or imagined.

The album has since taken on iconic status, and Omnivore is proud to present the 25th Anniversary edition; Workbook 25

In addition to the original album’s 11 tracks, the first disc of this 2-CD collection adds “All Those People Know,” originally issued as the B-side of the single “See A Little Light.” The second disc is Bob’s complete 1989 performance at Chicago’s Cabaret Metro. 13 of the 17 tracks are previously unissued and the show contains music from the then, two-week old, Workbook, Hüsker Dü favorites and a cover of Richard & Linda Thompson’s classic “Shoot Out The Lights.”

The album will be available on vinyl for the first time since its original release and will be pressed on 2 LPs for sonic superiority. The vinyl edition will also include the B-side, bonus track, “All Those People Know.”

As innovative as Hüsker Dü was, fans had to wonder if Bob Mould could take them on another journey as rewarding. Workbook not only proved he could, but did.

LP Track List:
   Side 1:

   Side 2:

   Side 3:

   Side 4:

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killer collectible

Skeletonwitch - Forever Abomination - ( Picture Disc LP )

For the first time, SKELETONWITCH’s acclaimed “Forever Abomination” is now available as a vibrant picture disc. Originally released in the fall of 2011, SKELETONWITCH solidified their place amongst the metal elite after headlining 63 dates in 65 days while supporting “Forever Abomination.” Now, with the overwhelming demand generated by SKELETONWITCH’s current release “Serpents Unleashed” and their just completed SOLD OUT U.S. tour with AMON AMARTH, limited edition PICTURE DISC pressings of the entire SKELEtonWITCH Prosthetic Records catalog will be made available in 2014.

Limited to 500 copies, only 150 will be available via the Prosthetic North American webshop, while another handful will be available via Prosthetic’s European webshop. The remaining copies will be distributed via your local record store or online distribution shop.

Get your copy HERE


Warfare Noise 12-inch Vinyl Available

Warfare Noise is an album that is very well known within Extreme Metal, but few have actually held a copy in their hands. Originally released in 1986 the Warfare Noise compilation brings forth the first official output of Brazilian Metal legends, Holocausto, Mutilator, Chakal, and Sarcófago with each band having a quarter of the album space to showcase their savage and crude songs. The Warfare Noise compilation is also one of the first albums ever released by Brazilian cult label Cogumelo Records, which is the label responsible for the first releases by Metal giants Sepultura.




Order a copy HERE


from our friends at SlyVinyl

Church Of Sun – High Moon // Limited to 400 Ox Blood Vinyl LP

Such Hounds – I Hate Summer // Limited to 500 on 180g Sky Blue Vinyl EP


WEEKLY WAX: Vinyl Releases For The Week Of 2/16-2/22


Bruce Springsteen to release four new songs for Record Store Day


Sup Pop Is Opening an Airport Store - Seattle-Tacoma International will play host to the next iteration of the iconic label's Mega Mart


Grace Jones’ seminal LP Nightclubbing to get deluxe vinyl reissue with previously unreleased material


Stones Throw Records To Tour Doc 'Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton: This Is Stones Throw Records' Ahead of SXSW


‘Muppet Movie’ Soundtrack Re-Releasing on Vinyl for Record Store Day 2014


Disney's 'Frozen' Soundtrack is Getting the Vinyl Treatment


from the great state of minnesota, a dj professes love for vinyl:

No Apologies -- For The Love Of Vinyl


from a high school student in the great state of new jersey:

Eight reasons every teen needs a record player


cool story for the uk:

Mick Fleetwood goes his own way: Dreams of vinyl


Easybeats, Angels, Rose Tattoo & Stevie Wright Classics Reissued On Vinyl/


Larry Heard’s 1996 album Alien to get 2xLP reissue


Walter Trout Plans Limited Edition Releases For 25th Anniversary


Soundgarden Treat 'Superunknown' To Vinyl Reissue


for shits and giggles:

40 Worst Rock Tattoos of All Time


found this interesting:

Gramophone and radio collector: ‘Throwing away records is sacrilege’